THE POWER OF SCRIPTURE IN THE END TIMES

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      01/19/20
 
"The Power of Scripture in the End Times”
2 Timothy 3:1 – 4:5
 
INTRODUCTION: Paul was in prison in Rome. He knew his time was short. Second Timothy is his swan song, his final farewell. He wants to prepare Timothy to be a strong leader for the coming struggle. Paul’s final message to Timothy is clear: be a person of faith in faithless times. God’s Word will instruct, protect, and guide God’s people through perilous times. Scripture has the power to combat error and transform lives. God’s people must recognize the problems, depend on God’s Word, and boldly proclaim the Good News in order to resist the end time darkness.
 
PROTECT THE WORD OF GOD IN THE END TIMES (3:1-9).
 
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people…Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men (3:1-9).
 
*Perilous times are coming so
 
  • defend the word from ungodliness (1-5).
  • defend the word from false prophets (6-9).
 
PERSIST IN THE WORD OF GOD IN THE END TIMES (3:10-17).
 
You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings…Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work (3:10-17).
 
*Continue to uphold the word of God
 
  • by following the example of faithful leaders (10-11).
  • by being willing to endure persecution (12-13).
  • by trusting your teachers and the truth of Scripture (14-15).
  • by using the Scripture to correct, encourage, and instruct other believers (16-17).
 
 
PREACH THE WORD OF GOD IN THE END TIMES (4:1-5).
 
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry (4:1-5).
 
*The Lord Jesus is coming soon to set up his kingdom so
 
  • proclaim the message of salvation (1-2).
  • be ready at all times to share the Good News (2).
  • correct false teaching with gospel truth (2-4).
  • be willing to suffer as you evangelize (5).
 
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
                                                                                     (2 Timothy 2:15)